I consider we can all agree that Supreme Preventing Championship (UFC) President Dana White has place up with a ton of shit from previous lightweight winner Conor McGregor, simply just due to the fact “Notorious” has the Midas touch.
And cash comes very first in every organization marriage.
But then UFC moved its pay out-for every-check out (PPV) cards powering a paywall, coronavirus robbed the Irish celebrity of his $18 million gate, and McGregor violated the bro-code by posting non-public messages from White.
Merged, those people factors may perhaps have introduced an conclusion to the roster’s biggest criticism.
That is likely why White balked at McGregor’s ask for to struggle Dustin Poirier before year’s stop. Equally UFC 255 and UFC 256 are by now contracted to attribute championship title fights and going them to accommodate “Notorious” is just not an solution.
“We offered him a struggle, we bought him his possess date,” White explained to ESPN. “We did not have a date this 12 months. We have anything laid out for this 12 months, with earth champions combating for titles. He wishes to battle Dustin Poirier evidently, so we went to [broadcast partner] ESPN and obtained him his individual day. He’s been available Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. It is a indeed or no response.”
McGregor claims he retired before this year following failing to appear to terms with UFC on a light-weight comeback. In the latest months, “Notorious” started teasing a potential charity fight towards Poirier to enable put together him for Manny Pacquiao in early 2021.
“We laid out this yr,” White continued. “He was retired. Would any individual disagree he was retired? We have our plan laid out. Fighters have committed to it. Fighters have began training for these fights. Conor came again and desires to struggle Dustin, so we went out and acquired him his have date. It is Jan. 23.”
Poirier carries on to lobby for a 2020 struggle but is not married to McGregor and willing to throw arms with former interim winner Tony Ferguson, assuming UFC can arrive to terms with “The Diamond” (as opposed to previous time).
McGregor has however to react.